AT&T’s Time Warner takeover has already reshaped media world

Business 02/26/19, 16:58

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, approving one of the biggest media deals on record in the face of opposition from the Trump administration. The combination of one of the country's largest wireless carriers and TV providers with a major TV and movie ...

Gaza reporter appeals Hamas prison sentence and fine

World 02/26/19, 09:58

A Gaza journalist appealed a six-month prison term and fine Tuesday over her reporting on alleged corruption within the Hamas-run Health Ministry in a case that has drawn international condemnation of the coastal strip's Islamic rulers.Hajar Harb reported in 2016 that healthy people were paying doctors to help them circumvent ...

Nielsen: 29.6 million viewers for Oscars, up from 2018

Entertainment 02/25/19, 14:49

The Nielsen company says ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards reached 29.6 million viewers, a 12 percent bump from last year's record low ratings.Last year's show was seen by only 26.5 million people, a development that caused much hand-wringing at ABC and the motion picture academy. This year's show went ...

Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards

Tennis 02/25/19, 01:50

A media watchdog has ruled that a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper was not in breach of the Australian Press Council's standards of practice.The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight last September showed her reacting angrily ...

Ja Rule taking heat on social media after NBA halftime show

Basketball 02/24/19, 15:32

Rapper Ja Rule is taking heat on social media after problems with his halftime show during Saturday's Timberwolves-Bucks game. Videos posted online show Ja Rule had sound problems at the beginning of his performance. At one point he said, "Are we ready?" then said, "I guess not," before his music eventually ...

‘Empire’ star Terrence Howard shows support for Smollett

Entertainment 02/24/19, 13:24

Actor Terrence Howard, who plays the father of Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire," is expressing support on social media for his fellow cast member, who is accused of staging an attack on himself.Howard took to Instagram on Saturday and posted a video of Smollett holding a giggling baby with the ...

Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

California 02/23/19, 14:50

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media. The 15-minute video of the impromptu Friday meeting captures the students and Feinstein debating the merits of the Green ...

Report: Apps send sensitive user data to Facebook

Tech 02/22/19, 15:44

Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including health information, without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.An analytics tool called "App Events" allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if the user isn't on Facebook, ...

Smollett story shows thin line between news and social media

U.S. 02/22/19, 14:12

The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The story showed ...

Haunting ‘Roma’ scene shines a rare spotlight on stillbirths

Entertainment 02/22/19, 13:34

A small but haunting scene in the Oscar-nominated film "Roma" puts a rare spotlight on stillbirths.Nearly half a century after the film's setting, stillbirths are still surprisingly common, poorly understood and an often avoided topic. But scientists are finding new clues to their causes. And with awareness campaigns and social ...

How US politics react the case of Smollett

Politics 02/21/19, 18:35

Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse ...

Threat allegations keep Coast Guard officer jailed

U.S. 02/21/19, 16:41

A Coast Guard officer suspected of drawing up a hit list of top Democrats and network TV journalists spent hours on his work computer researching the words and deeds of infamous bombers and mass shooters while also stockpiling weapons, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was ordered held ...

Update: Lawsuit takes aim at HBO’s Jackson documentary

Entertainment 02/21/19, 14:29

The Latest on a documentary featuring two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys (all times local):11:15 a.m.The estate of Michael Jackson is suing HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys.The lawsuit filed Thursday ...

Estonians kick off online voting for March election

Europe 02/21/19, 13:16

Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, an online voting pioneer, amid tight protective measures a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to Russia had allegedly targeted democratic institutions in Europe.Kristi Kirsberg, media adviser to Estonia's electoral committee, said Thursday that the Baltic country — the ...

Khloe Kardashian bestie Malika Haqq fierce on cheating front

Entertainment 02/20/19, 19:19

Who's the best wing woman on the planet? That would be Malika Haqq.The Khloe Kardashian bestie has taken to social media amid rumors that Tristan Thompson has cheated again, this time reportedly making out at a Los Angeles house party last weekend with Jordyn Woods.The 21-year-old Woods is Kardashian sister ...

El Chapo’s lawyers concerned by juror misconduct allegations

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:12

El Chapo's lawyers on Wednesday raised concerns of potential juror misconduct after member of the jury at the Mexican drug lord's trial told a news website that several jurors looked at media coverage of the case against a judge's orders.The juror told VICE News that at least five members of ...

‘Fight Back!’ consumer reporter David Horowitz dies

Entertainment 02/19/19, 22:23

David Horowitz, whose "Fight Back!" syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the U.S., has died. He was 81. KNBC-TV said Horowitz's death was reported by his wife, Suzanne. The date of his death was not immediately released. "Fight Back! With David Horowitz" won multiple Emmys and a huge ...

Chatting on the bases is good-natured, a learning experience

Baseball 02/19/19, 16:53

While playing for Texas, Jurickson Profar always learned something from new teammate Khris Davis when the Oakland slugger stopped at Profar's second base spot.Majors home run leader Davis appreciates any chance he gets to talk baseball and life with Albert Pujols while spending a few moments on first alongside the ...

Female soccer players in Colombia denounce discrimination

Soccer 02/19/19, 16:33

Two players for the Colombian women's national team are speaking out on social media about what they say are substandard conditions and discriminatory treatment by the federation.Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz say they hope to raise awareness in Colombia and improve the national team for future generations."We feel threatened. The ...

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

Europe 02/19/19, 11:47

Twitter said Tuesday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google.The social media company said it is extending restrictions already in place for federal elections in the United States.Under the new rules, ...

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